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The Sacramento Kings began doling out parking spots to higher-priced ticket holders this week around Golden 1 Center, starting Thursday with $25 nightly slots in a “premium” garage a block from the arena.

Those spots, in the garage on the west side of Macy’s, won’t be the choicest, however.

Fans who purchased the top suite packages are being offered free parking under the team practice facility inside the arena, and in a private garage across L Street, Kings officials said. Those spots do not have a price tag because they were included in the ticket package.

Kings President Chris Granger said the team and the city of Sacramento will offer holders of lower-priced season tickets the chance, in sequence, over the coming weeks to buy parking for the season in nearby city-controlled garages. That will be followed in September with parking reservations for single-game and other arena-event ticket buyers, officials said.

“This is phase one (of) a longer process. We’re being deliberate,” Granger said. “Today, it’s the closer lots.”

Granger declined to say how many spots are under the arena – “not a lot,” he said.

The Kings will control what likely will be several thousand parking spots on the old Downtown Plaza site, now called DOCO, or Downtown Commons, when arena, hotel tower and other construction is finished. The city controls several thousand spots more in nearby garages, as well as street meter parking.

Sacramento city officials will introduce a website and smartphone app in September that will allow arena ticket-buyers to reserve and pay online for parking in three city garages: the City Hall garage on I Street, the Capitol garage at 10th and L and one garage in Old Sacramento.

City officials have said they expect to price prepaid spots in city garages at $11.25 per night when major events are held at the arena. In contrast, street parking within three blocks of the arena during major event nights could be set at $18.75.

The city plans later to offer advance parking for arena-goers in two other city garages: the Memorial garage at 14th and H streets and in the other garage the city owns in Old Sacramento, using the city’s upcoming web-based reservation system.

City parking manager Matt Eierman said the city has invited owners of nearby private parking garages and lots to participate in the city’s reservation-based parking program.

Drivers also can park in lots under the W-X freeway for $2 a night and walk, bike, take light rail, buses or ride-sharing cars to the arena, he said. City officials say they have made provisions for arena employees to park under the W-X freeway, as well.

Granger declined comment Thursday, saying the team will tell employees soon what the plan is.

Parking at Sleep Train Arena in Natomas, the Kings’ current home, is $15 for basketball games and $20 for concerts.

Tony Bizjak: 916-321-1059, @TonyBizjak

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